While covering ‘The Economist’ 2015 Innovation Forum, as one listened, the sentiment stressed relooking at our processes. How work is performed; products sold; customers serviced; to evaluating data.
Accordingly, the outcome of innovation has included retooling simple products; then targeting specific markets. One area arguably is headphones, as illustrated by KidzGear, marketed as a headset for kids (https://www.gearforkidz.com/). However, adults may find the functionality rather acceptable. I tested it with my desk telephone, smartphone, laptop, kindle, and desktop. While I enjoyed usage with all, I noticed, on a couple of occasions, a feedback pitch occurred, with my desktop and desk-telephone. Admittedly, I’m not yet sure of the cause. Clearly, by size, though, they are tailored toward kids. And obviously, this headphone is not competing head to head with a type like the Velodyne vQuiet. Given these points, overall, the performance is good, and fulfilling.
The Kidz Gear Headset comes with a rotating boom microphone that works really well, and has nice flexibility; the unit, as a whole, operates with volume limited, which implies they won’t blow out the eardrums. I can thus understand the advertising statement – ideal for education. For, if I had to speculate, from my experience, it seems practical for kids’ computer activities. One of the included accessories facilitates usage with dual headsets. The plug itself is 3.5 mm. And the price is $29.99. This headset is very light weight; furthermore, over the course of more than a week, I had no issue with the daily feel, or by days’ end. In due credit, they took an ordinary product, part of a growth industry, tweaked with today’s technology, and recognized an opportunity within the children’s segment.
There are always large to small ticket items. Many of them find a home among consumers. In accordance, the camera industry, including accessories, is a huge industry; so too the marketplace for smartphones. Thus, there’s no surprise we are seeing a wave of improvements, in phone cameras. However, not all are the same. Appropriately, a window of opportunity exists for what the Carson’s Universal Smartphone Optics Adapter does, http://www.carson.com/accessories/smart-phone-adapters/1468-is-100. One might consider the adapter a magnifying device, bringing together your smartphone and an optic eyepiece; such as, a telescope, binocular, or microscope, to name a few. What caught my attention, and best explains, are the videos. When reviewing, I settled on usage of Sunpark 37mm 0.5x Wide Angle Lens, for use with a LGL35G.
While the Carson adapter offers something next level, admittedly, the item looks of a toy bat, bearing a ‘glow in the dark green coloring.’ Yet, comparably, the pictures capture more. Those taken with my smartphone, using the Hookupz, as nicknamed, are labeled as such; and vice-versa. Conceptually, the idea behind this product is very good. Works really simple, light weight, and has a great carrying case, both in style and practicality. I rigged the optic, with detachable metal pieces, to make up a difference, due to the smallness of my phone. I ended up liking the added weight; which worked great for placement on some spot, especially for using the camera’s timer.
Note, one enterprising person adjusted their unit, permanently down. I decided not to do so, to keep my options open, should I change my phone. Obviously, the product covers well the more popular smart phones; but the focus of Carson is not about getting rid of cameras. Also to be said, the better the phone camera and eyepiece optic used the greater probability of even crispier photos. An unintended benefit, you’ll likely find, a fun experience, in exploring, or reacquainting yourself, with the capabilities of your smartphone’s camera.
The two products offer a glimpse of inventors reshuffling the deck, by enhancing how we use or interact with existing assets. So, too, in a differing perspective, a recently written book, by Amy Wilkinson, called ‘The Creator’s Code.’ In a nut shell, it speaks to the six skills essential for turning ideas into enterprises. http://amywilkinson.com/. Amy was among the speakers at: The Economist, 2015 Innovation Forum.
Understand, among key phrases, or terminology throughout the forum, ‘innovation is disruptive.’ This does not limit itself to actual tech items. Theoretically, the definition encompasses services, preparations, presentations, and so on. One pleasant illustration reflects a delicacy from an everyday restaurant (http://wowbao.com/), in Chicago, IL, called ‘Bao.’ During my visit, as I walked the streets, they were giving away free samples of their teriyaki chicken version; and very very good I might add. The first time I’ve seen or hear, nor will I forget. In fact, I ditch the wrapper, but kept the bag.
Remember, none of this is meant to downplay one’s enjoyment of the things appreciated; the goal is not, nor should it be, of removing privacy or civil liberties, for involvement. In truth, the breakdowns, and discussion, are basically about facilitating life, in some form, thru tools, as aids, and guides, in desirably moving forward. In contrast, one should not confuse usage or evaluation of tools, and an application of knowledge, by attaching personalized ideologies upon others. In the end, the definition of a person is ultimately meant to be defined by that person. In essence, if you really want to know a person, then sincerely earn their trust, and ask directly.